Night Safari @ Bali Safari & Marine Park, Gianyar, Bali
It was an impromptu plan to visit the Night Safari at Bali Safari & Marine Park and we purchased our tickets online directly from their WEBSITE a day before our visit which entitled a 10% discount.
Bali Safari & Marine Park Park is a vast wildlife preserve that’s home to thousands of animals from all over the world. The 40 hectares of land is separated into distinct “lands” based upon the animals’ natural habitats. The extensive list of animals including Komodo dragons, exotic and local species of fresh water fish, all the African animals you expect to see on safari, Asian elephants, Orang Utan, Sumatran tigers, Indian white tigers, exotic and endangered birds, to name a few.
As part of Taman Safari Indonesia, and a member of WAZA (The World Associations of Zoo and Aquariums), SEAZA (The South East Asians Zoo Associations), CBSG (Conservations Breeding Specialist Group) as well as PKBSI (Indonesia Zoological Parks Associations) is at the frontline of wildlife conservation in Indonesia and is actively involved in ensuring the future survival and wellbeing of many Indonesian animal species through engaging education and conservation programs such as the conservation and release of Bali Mynah, Sumatran Elephant, and Sumatran Tiger.
There area lot of activities in the park such as animal educational show, safari journey that take take you on an adventure through the habitats of Indonesia, India and Africa, night safari in a specially designed caged tram, elephant back safari, animal feeding shows, theatrical performance that highlights the rich culture and traditions of Bali, , photo opportunities with the animals, water park and fun zone with amusement rides. Visitors can purchase different in-pack packages which cover different activities and adventures in the park.
We paid USD 277.20 = IDR 2,772,000.00 = RM 776.16 for 2 adults and 1 kid (adult-IDR 990,000.00 & kid – IDR 792,000.00) for the Night Safari which comprised of Walking Safari, Night Safari Journey, BBQ dinner and fire show.
The adventure started at 6.30pm and we were seated at the waiting lobby and served with welcome drinks. We boarded to a shuttle bus as shown as photo above from the main entrance to the Park Terminal.
After a short 5 minutes of journey travels across some bumpy roads we arrived at the park and our Walking Safari kicked started with these cute little porcupines. Both Walking Safari and Night Safari Journey were guided by live commentary.
Walked further and we were greeted by Komodo Dragons, the largest living species of lizard.
I was so surprised to see the elephant was not locked up and she/he? was enjoying her/his dinner happily!
Next we proceed to the Indian themed fort which is the home to the white tigers.
There are two beautiful Indian white tigers at this animal theme park, they take pride of place as one of the main exhibits of the park.
Spot owls in their mini tree hole? It’s so unreal!
Is this Python gives you goosebumps?
OK, let the real adventure begins! For most people, the Safari Park is totally different than anything they can experience at home, or elsewhere.
Can you imagine a role reversal – you’re now in the cage, and your hungry carnivorous predators outside, drooling at you through the bars? LOL
A group of 10-12 visitors were ushered into the caged lorry equipped with veggies (for the animals), and it sets off into the dark jungle surroundings.
King of Beasts, the lions didn’t bother us at all >_< I read from an article mentioned that when a cat (big cat in this case =.=”) show you its butt, it is giving you a friendly hello!
It was so nice to see the animals not locked up in cages or confined to small enclosures, but wondering at a large natural habitats. I’ll definitely would like to visit this place during day time to experience a true natural wildlife encounter.
As you might imagine, flash photography and flashlights are prohibited, it’s for the well-being of the animals. Photographing during the Night Safari journey was difficult in the dark surroundings and both the vehicle and animals were moving, so please pardon the poor quality photos. ~>_<~
The bus stops by at various pitch stops and we were first greeted by these African animals ~ Zebras! I literally screamed with joy when they came close to our lorry. Look at their distinctive black and white stripes and their teeth, OMG, so cute, I beh tahan! We were given carrots to feed them and I could feel the strength when they “pulled” and munched my carrot! Although they are considered “tame” (are they?) but please make sure that don’t stick anything out of the cage, unless you want to lose one or two of your fingers >_<
Feeding the buffaloes with gigantic horns.
The rock climbing goats, LOL .
The 3 months old baby giraffe.
Are you ready for some real action?
At that moment that our caged-lorry came to a halt, and a tiger pounced up onto the cage then followed by the second tiger. We actually felt its saliva raining down on us as one of the tigers was eating some meat, which is very disgusting for me and I tried to avoid the saliva drips >_< Another thing that worrying me was, please don’t pee at this moment, ok? ~>_<~
Everyone should love tigers, but even if you don’t, it’s pretty impressive to see or even touch them!
After the exciting and amazing encounter with the majestic tigers, our Night Safari journey was ended with feeding these utterly cute elephants. They certainly happy with our arrival and gnawing happily on their little treats.
BBQ dinner was included in the package, food was just simple with quite limited choices.
We had little time to spare at the souvenir stall before the fire show started.
Afrika! Rhythm of Fire Show
The 15 minutes performance that incorporating one of the park’s main theme, Africa, the display of fire and dance gives a peek into African culture with a Balinese twist. The dancers presented a tribal dance accompanied with drum beats and all the yelling, which I think is quite entertaining as the sparks light up the stage in a dramatic flourish. You can even stay back to take selfies with the cast!
Verdict: We really enjoy this night safari experience, (1st time for Sam and second time for me & hubby – our first time was at Singapore Night Safari) and would recommend to put it on list of things to do in Bali if your family is interested in animals. The 25 minutes Night Safari journey is a bit too short for the price charged but it was an awesome experience nonetheless!
Note: Allow an 1 hour (1.5 hours depending on traffic) to get to Bali Safari and Marine Park if you stay in Nusa Dua area like us. The traffic is a little unpredictable in Bali. There is also shuttle bus service but reservation is required and is subject to availability. Check the schedule HERE.
Bali Safari & Marine Park
Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. Ida Bagus Mantra Km. 19,8 Kec. Gianyar, Bali 80551, Indonesia.
Tel: (+62) 361 950 000